Tahir Mahmood’s mortar and pestle collection is more than kitchen instruments, it’s straight up art. I love this contemporary take on such a century’s old instrument. Both parts are made of Dalbergia Sissoo wood and shaped with a lathe, then Mahmood creates the vibrant colors with a sap-based resin and applies them with palm leaves.
Confession: In 9th and 10th grades I longed to learn how to skateboard. All of my guy friends did it and it looked like so much fun. But I’ve always resided firmly in the lack-of-balance pool (trust that you don’t want to see my do yoga) and showed zero to no promise. Of course that didn’t stop me from dressing the part (eek), decorating the steamer trunk in my room with company’s stickers, or admiring boards.
When Jake from Side Project Skateboards contacted me about his pop-up shop, the images caught me totally off guard. They’re beyond gorgeous. The limited edition of 18 handmade, vintage-inspired boards are crafted entirely from American-made components and materials. In fact most of the wood is actually repurposed, chosen for its beautiful grains and visual appeal. (Is it too late to have another go at skateboarding??)
01/ Last Supper, notebook illustrations of characters sitting down for a meal.
02/ The Gooyesh Language Institute in Iran is made entirely of letters!
03/ Door to Hell is an aptly named crater in Turkmenistan that’s been burning for 40 years.
04/ The super expressive face of Jazzy the border collie.
05/ The art of smoke bombs and fireworks.
06/ Athlete compares the vastly different body types of Olympic athletes.
07/ Sad/creepy abandoned Santa parks of the world.
08/ Bring the beach indoors with this incredible surfboard table and benches!
09/ A super fun play net creates a kids’ reading level in a library.
10/ Party cheat sheets full of infographics for holiday event planning.
This week on Design Crush:
Listen to November’s Mix #30: I’m Waiting Here.
Plenty of 2014 calendars for you to choose from in Part 2 + Part 3 of our roundups.
Get a head start on your holiday entertaining with this fantastic giveaway from B by Brandie!
Sweater weather is here and we’ve shared 12 of our favorites.
I’m not hosting this year, but here’s my imaginary Thanksgiving 2013!
These Leaf Rugs also double as blankets.
Crazy layered acrylic paintings from Yago Hortal.
It’s time to think about advent calendar prep – here are 14 that are great!
Wooden. Rugs. Rolls those two words around in your mind hole for a minute or two. German artist Elisa Strozyk has created three variations of these delightful coverings. Strozyk dyes and connects row upon row of triangular pieces as she pulls together the end result of a colored wooden rug, which is so flexible that you can literally crumple it up and toss it into a corner. (via Design Milk)
Oh, hey there – I’m sorry, but I just can’t stop staring at these images of Marbelous Wood. It’s crazy good, right?? Pernille Snedker uses a repurposed marbling technique from old book covers to give wood this incredible look. Produced one drop of color at a time, ring by ring, the pattern is constructed on the water surface. The final result being a reflection of the annual rings of wood and a product that can be used on both walls and floors. (via Mint)
01/ Not a haunted house, rather photos of the walls of the original CBGB.
02/ Yes. That’s an artist who paints by squirting paint out of his eye.
03/ The Planter Chess Set almost makes me want to commit to learning how to play the game.
04/ Sand Prints shows off ancient printing rituals that are created using carved cylinders.
05/ Would you live in this translucent house built around the tree in a forest?
06/ A fully functional handcrafted wooden Vespa!
07/ How about this Cube House?
08/ Photographer Matt Weber has been capturing New York kisses for 30 years.
09/ Forever Bikes uses 3,144 bicycles to create a 3D labyrinth installation.
10/ A photo series that captures every day life with a man and two plastic skeletons.
Lots of people have a thing for crystals and minerals, but Stone & Violet‘s Lauren Gray takes things to another level with her handmade wood crystal clusters. Lauren carves each faceted piece individually, then joins the whole shebang together with industrial strength wood glue. I love the mind tricks these pieces play on you by mixing up shapes and materials we aren’t used to seeing together.
There are many words that come to mind when one first lays eyes on Tesler + Mendelovitch‘s wood clutches. And they all happen to be synonyms for WOW. While one of these beauties would most definitely be an investment, it would also make for a fantastic heirloom piece to pass down.
01/ Wonderbread bust sculptures of famous people by Milena Korolczuk.
02/ Oh, no big deal. It’s just the Rugrats Grown Up.
03/ Movie barcodes made from compressing film frames.
04/ Air rifle BB taxidermy by Courtney Timmermans.
05/ One couple, Every Subway Station in Manhattan.
06/ This heat wave even has ceramics melting!
07/ Beautiful driftwood sculptures by Jeffro Uitto.
08/ The Game of Life is going life-sized on the island of Yoron, Japan.
09/ 40-foot dragon skull built on a beach in England to promote GoT.
10/ Monster skin rugs!